Gatefield changes flash size

Gatefield changes flash size
Steve Bush GateField has moved its flash-based FPGAs to a 0.25?m process using Siemens’ 0.25?m flash technology. “We have been using an 0.6?m process until now, going to 0.25?m is a big jump that will give us a lot more speed and density,” said Peter Feist, GateField’s v-p of marketing. GateField is fabless. Its 0.6?m technology comes from Rohm. Last year Siemens licensed GateField’s flash FPGA technology to put into its own products, resulting in GateField gaining access to a 0.25?m flash process. Flash-based FPGAs have six times the density of SRAM FPGAs, to approach the density of older Asics. “Asic replacement is the key,” said Feist, “Some companies had Asics made on processes that have been abandoned. They can easily fit these designs onto our FPGAs.”


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